Posted on: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 11:49:19 AM

KDCCI retiring CEO and Dampier stalwart John Lally has been announced a recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia on the 2018 Australia Day Honours list.

John was recognised for his service to local government and to the community of Karratha.

The Pilbara educator and leader arrived in Dampier for a stopover on a work trip in 1987, and has since worked tirelessly to advocate for improving the city of Karratha.

John has worked in the roles of City of Karratha Deputy Mayor; Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive; Chair of Karratha Senior High School & Pegs Creek Primary School Boards; Member of the Governing Council of the North Regional Tafe; Director of the Centre of Whale Research Inc (WA); and Commodore & Life Member of the Hampton Harbour Boat & Sailing Club Dampier.

John received formal recognition for his contribution to the local community being a life member of the Dampier Community Association, Karratha Citizen of the Year in 2016 and twice being a WA Finalist in the "Australian of the Year".

John's dedication led him to start up a camp school in Dampier- which provided children with the opportunity to learn kayaking, sailing, and fishing through an experiential learning process.

He also set up a naval cadets unit and a centre for whale research, which has grown to become a Statewide institute.

Well deserved acknowledgement for a truly wonderful, inspirational member of the City of Karratha Community.

The KDCCI Board & Staff congratulate John, and will miss his wisdom & knowledge when he retires this month.


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